New Year's party deal in Yokohama; exquisite hot-pot meal; Valentine's Day specialty chocolates

Half-price party plan in Yokohama

As January is the month that people hold New Year’s parties, the InterContinental Yokohama Grand is offering a special party plan called Thanks Night at its Italian restaurant, La Vela, on the hotel’s second floor, every Wednesday and Thursday through Jan. 31.

The plan offers course dishes such as assorted hotel-made pasta and beef tenderloin as well as assorted desserts and coffee, usually priced at ¥12,000 per person, for just ¥6,000 a head. Each group will also receive a complimentary bottle of wine.

Reservations are required by Jan. 30, and a group can be from three to 12 people. A maximum of five groups will be accepted per day. Prices include tax and a service charge.

The InterContinental Yokohama Grand is a 2-minute walk from Minatomirai Station on the Minatomirai Line or a 10-minute walk from Sakuragicho Station on the Yokohama Municipal Subway and JR lines. For more information or reservations, call (045) 223-2267 or visit .

Luxurious grouper hot-pot for winter

The Conrad Tokyo in the Shiodome area will offer a special winter menu at its Japanese restaurant, Kazahana, from Jan. 15 to Feb. 28.

Head chef Masanobu Inaba will prepare a special hot-pot featuring kue (longtooth grouper), a fish that is often referred to as the “taste of luxury” due to its elegant flavor, along with other authentic Japanese dishes. The course will be available for lunch or dinner at ¥13,500 per person.

Also, another special dinner course featuring other winter flavors, such as crab, fugu and duck, will be available at the same price.

Through the restaurant’s floor-to-ceiling windows, customers can enjoy great views of the Tokyo skyline while dining for business or pleasure.

Prices include tax, but are subject to a service charge. Reservations are required. Only lunch is served on Sundays, while the restaurant is closed on Mondays.

The Conrad Tokyo is in the Tokyo Shiodome Building, a 1-minute walk from Shiodome Station or a 7-minute walk from Shinbashi Station. For more information or reservations, call (03) 6388-8745 or visit .

Cerulean’s casino chocolate box

The Cerulean Tower Tokyu Hotel in the Shibuya district of Tokyo will be accepting orders for its chocolate confections from Jan. 15 to Feb. 13 for the upcoming Valentine’s Day.

Perhaps to represent the exciting and thrilling feeling of showing one’s love to another on Valentine’s Day, the hotel’s pastry chef, Futoshi Makino, has created a special chocolate box called Casino: Les Jeux de la Fortune. As its name suggests, the box resembles a casino table including playing cards, dice and a roulette wheel, all made out of chocolate.

Inside the box, there are 10 different kinds of chocolates, making the confection both fun to look at and to savor. It costs ¥4,500 including tax. Only 20 of these Casino chocolate boxes will be made.

Also, there are two other chocolate boxes: Cerulean Selection and Cerulean Assort. All can be picked up at the hotel’s pastry shop on the lobby floor from Feb. 1 to 14.

The Cerulean Tower Tokyu Hotel is a 5-minute walk from the West Exit of Shibuya Station. For more information or to place an order, call (03) 3476-3000 or visit .

In line with the nationwide state of emergency declared on April 16, the government is strongly requesting that residents stay at home whenever possible and refrain from visiting bars, restaurants, music venues and other public spaces.
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